Enhancing Data Discovery and Usability for Inquiry in Biology Education

Welcome to the planning site for the RCN-UBE Incubator Workshop entitled

"Enhancing Data Discovery and Usability

for Inquiry in Biology Education"

Promoting student-centered learning through authentic inquiry is critical in enhancing undergraduate biology education (AAAS, 2011). This goal calls for real data to be made available in accessible formats so that students can discover patterns on their own through exploration, analysis, and synthesis. This is a particular challenge in biology education, where data are complex, scale-dependent, and infrequently standardized. 

This RCN-UBE Incubator meeting brings together two communities critical in expanding student access to authentic science experiences: managers of data repositories and education specialists. Representatives from at least 15 organizations will participate in a two-day workshop to discuss strategies for enhancing data discovery and usability and how best to incorporate authentic data in inquiry-based teaching in biology.

Meeting participants will tackle the following specific questions:

1) What are the challenges associated with data sharing across biological databases? 

2) What are potential and practical solutions to enable data sharing?

3) How can datasets be enhanced to facilitate their discovery and usability in educational contexts?

4) How can education organizations best share practices and experiences to enable authentic inquiry and enhance their effectiveness.


  • Full RCN Proposal Planning Go to: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/dataininquiry/rcn-full-proposal-planning
    Posted Nov 8, 2013, 7:44 PM by Tanya Dewey
  • Successful workshop! The Data In Inquiry workshop was a success. Participants were engaged, the food was great, and many ideas for next steps were generated. Watch this space for more in the ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2013, 3:52 PM by Tanya Dewey
  • Links to google docs for note-taking I have linked google docs for each of the break out sessions through the agenda on this page:https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/dataininquiry/workshop-agendaEach question ...
    Posted Jul 25, 2013, 8:13 AM by Tanya Dewey
  • Workshop Agenda The agenda is available:https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/dataininquiry/workshop-agendaand is being dynamically updated!
    Posted Jul 25, 2013, 8:26 AM by Tanya Dewey
  • Depart Campus Inn at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 25 Please meet in the lobby of the Campus Inn at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning to board one of three shuttles that will take us to  the Duderstadt Center on ...
    Posted Jul 24, 2013, 1:25 PM by Tanya Dewey
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